The play that was never really supposed to be a play! We were left in quite a pickle after LAMDA switched the performance dates for our exams, however due to not being able to do LAMDA, we merged our performance pieces together to create 1923.
Devised entirely by the Youth Theatre, the piece follows Jason, a young Irish immigrant and his family as they chase the 'American Dream.' Jason is quickly caught up into a world of gangs, murder and money, and although the money is good, he soon realises that it's killing him.
After being forced to murder his friend and clean up after a violent gang shootout, Jason comes home, he cannot even look his mother and brother in the eye. He simply dumps his earnings on the table and walks out again.
A powerful piece of drama created by the Youth Theatre, it touched on issues such the great depression, the so called 'American Dream,' as well as immigration and family life. It was a delight to see something come together so brilliantly, all from the minds of our young cast. I was very proud of what they achieved. The audience response was good, although I think some found the 'strangling scene' a tad too realistic for their liking! Still I can't complain about realism on stage, it's exactly what I want to see!
It was a pleasure to work with the cast and a great way to say goodbye to Doug and Hannah. We wish you both well.